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With a mutual touch of sadness, the Bass Coast Community Foundation farewells its chairman, Martin Keogh.
Martin joined the board in 2011 and has led the Foundation since 2013. In addition to the Foundation he is also a director and chair of the Bass Coast University Centre Ltd, has a fulltime job as Manager of Learning and Teaching with the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Sale and is a very active family man.
“The Foundation is currently in the strongest position it has been since I have chaired the board. The right people are around the table and we have an executive officer who is capable of driving the business forward. In any other circumstance I would not step down, and whilst there is more to be done, I have a view that my stepping aside provides an opportunity for the foundation to continue to grow,” said Martin.
At its recent meeting of the board an acting chairman was appointed to lead the organisation to the AGM, to be held in October 2020, following the resignation of Martin. The acting chairman is long term director and well know member of the Foundation, Carol Blair. Carol is ably supported by her replacement in the deputy chairman position by David Admans.
“Martin has been with the foundation for nine years and has contributed significantly to its growth and stability, and to the well-being of the community as a whole through many hours of voluntary work on behalf of the Foundation” said Carol. “He leaves big shoes to fill”.
It is Martin’s passion for education that has won the tug-of-war on time and the Foundation thanks him sincerely for everything he has done for the community and our organisation.
Farewell Martin, and thank you.
12 May 2020
Connecting communities across Australia Ecstra Foundation announces $1,000,000 grants in partnership with 10 Community Foundations across the country.During this time of national and global economic uncertainty, local community connections are vital for the health and wellbeing of Australians. Community Foundations are leading by example, supporting their local residents through projects targeting physical, mental and financial resilience and wellbeing.
Ecstra is empowering 10 Community Foundations with $100,000 each to create and scale initiatives which address issues of financial exclusion and economic equality in their communities. These grants acknowledge Community Foundations’ unique ability to execute whole of community projects and to create long term impact through local projects.
CEO of Ecstra Foundation, Caroline Stewart explains that Community Foundations contribute to the distinct culture of a local community “Local leaders know their communities and are best placed to decide how philanthropic funding can spark positive changes in community financial wellbeing. Our funding is very flexible, and as a result each foundation has determined their own approach to addressing local issues.”
Grassroots programs rely on local collaboration and often produce results that are scalable and replicable, and the lessons learnt can be shared and implemented in other communities. As part of this unique funding round, Australian Community Philanthropy will provide capacity support to the grant recipients in partnership with Ecstra.
One collaborative program that illustrates how new initiatives can make positive impact for generations to come is Give Where You Live and Geelong Community Foundation, who have developed the first place-based Financial Inclusion Action Plan in Australia.
“This grant amplifies the work Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation are doing to support those experiencing disadvantage in the Geelong region – work that is now more important than ever. In the current context, financial know-how has become an immediate need, and our project will help those who are most at risk in our community,” said Bill Mithen CEO, Give Where You Live Foundation.
“This project is an example of how two organisations can come together around a goal and make a difference in our community. Financial capability has been highlighted by many organisations that we work with as an issue and we look forward to building the collective capacity of our community,” said Gail Rodgers CEO, Geelong Community Foundation.
The ten Community Foundation grant recipients represent diverse geographic and demographic areas, and includes rural and regional communities, First Nation leaders, and young change makers across Australia. All projects will incorporate evaluation and impact measurement reporting.
A snapshot of the grants include -
Investment in women and girls has a multiplier effect on productivity and sustained economic growth. This is evidenced in studies and experiences from around the world. So, it was with huge enthusiasm this year’s International Women’s Day celebration was hosted by the Women for Change group.
Women for Change is a group of people, auspiced by the Bass Coast Community Foundation, who use their collective resources and abilities to make positive changes. Its mission is to improve the lives and wellbeing of women, their children and the community they live in.
Off the back of the International Women’s Day theme #eachforequal that sought to raise awareness of the need for equity, and called us all to actively challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements, Women for Change raised over $7,000.
“It was overwhelming and an outstanding example of a local community working together for the benefit of others” said Carol Blair, the convenor of the Women for Change Working Group and director of the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
100 Women and men came from as far as Melbourne through to Inverloch for the event. They enjoyed live music by local musician Bern Carroll, an inspiring talk by the CEO of the Phillip Island Nature Parks, Catherine Basterfield and two lucky women went home with prizes valuing over $400 donated by Eugenie’s.
The MC of the event, Jan Bourne drew interesting parallels between the corporate world and working in the community as everyone reflected on the journey a shy child that began life in Inverloch who challenged herself, took the advice and support of mentors and three years ago undertook the CEO position of one of the largest employers in the Bass Coast.
“Thankfully there have been changes for women in the workplace, but there is so much more to do,” observed Ms Bourne as she launched the fund raising campaign to boost the funds dedicated to supporting and addressing disadvantage of women in the Bass Coast region.
“Let’s all get cracking and find 100 women that can donate one hundred dollars each, within the next one hundred days”, Ms Bourne urged. All funds raised build on the Fund held in perpetuity started by Sylvia Davey over 17 years ago and now has a balance of over $20,000. “Every dollar helps and it all adds up over time” said Ms Davey. “Collectively we can all donate a small (or large) amount to the Foundation and even in these tough times it grows, and this enables the Foundation to support our community”.
A Community Foundation is a philanthropic body and different to a charity in that the funds it raises can only be used for charitable purposes within the region that it was established. That means all income from the Foundation’s funds are distributed in Bass Coast. The Women for Change Fund has already earned sufficient interest to award $1,000 to a first-year tertiary student in 2020. Each year the working group will share its collective knowledge on issues facing women in Bass Coast and contribute to the decision to allocate funds to have greater social impact.
“We express our sincere thanks and gratitude for everyone’s support. The Bass Coast Community Foundation will continue to build its philanthropic funds through Women for Change and work to create a more gender equal world,” said Ms Blair.
Anyone interested in learning more about Women For Change or joining the working group can contact the executive officer of the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or donate to progress its work at www.givenow.com.au/womenforchange
You can make a difference. $1 a day adds up over time. Every dollar donated to the Bass Coast Community Foundation is invested and interest and dividends from these investments are returned to the community of Bass Coast in the form of grants and awards.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation exists to make a difference in people’s lives across the Bass Coast region. It can only fund charitable community initiatives and projects in the Bass Coast area, meaning locals can donate to a charity that is 100% focused on delivering 100% of its funding to projects important to our community.
Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has raised over $1,000,000 and holds this in Trust, in perpetuity, for the benefit of Bass Coast. That means there will always be a long-term source of funds for community needs. The staff and directors of the Foundation are always working to expand this Trust Fund and grow the monies available to give back to the community.
“Giving money to community projects is one of the highlights of the role of a director”, said Martin Keogh, Chairman of the Bass Coast Community Foundation. “Over the past 18 years the Foundation has distributed over $1,000,000 to Bass Coast individuals and organisations in support of education and development, driver training, performing arts, energy innovation and the well-being of youth and older people” said Mr Keogh.
This is only possible through the generosity of a small number of people in the community that have donated money to the Foundation over its life time, and the dedicated volunteers and staff that seek grants and monies from outside the Bass Coast for projects in the area.
Every donation helps, no matter if it is small or large. One of the greatest gifts a person can give is to leave a Gift to the Foundation in their Will. The Trust Fund has benefited greatly from the passing of some elderly residents and these dear people will always be remembered through the distribution of monies to causes and projects that were dear to their hearts when they were alive. “It is a great legacy” said Mr Keogh.
People interested in learning how they can make a difference to Bass Coast should contact the Foundation to discuss options. Donating is made easy, whether a one-off donation or a regular amount through www.givenow/basscoastfoundation.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
For the fifteenth year in a row the Bass Coast Community Foundation has distributed Back to School vouchers to local schools and Bass Coast Health’s Family Resource Centre to help local families struggling to meet the costs of a new school year.
“We recognise the importance of moving through the school year with all the necessary uniform, books and school supplies, and we know there are families that struggle to provide these for their children,” said Martin Keogh, Chairman of the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
Each year the demand for these vouchers increases and this year the Foundation received half the number of vouchers it usually receives from the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) due to difficulties they have had in sourcing funding for these vouchers. “The Bass Coast Community Foundation is proud to be in a position to make up the shortfall and ensure that our community is provided with $30,000 worth of vouchers in 2020 – taking the total value of vouchers distributed to local families over the 15 years to nearly $280,000” said Mr Keogh.
The vouchers have a value of $50 and while this might not seem a great deal of money to some, it can and does make a great deal of difference to the families concerned. It can mean school shoes that fit properly, school uniform items like all the other kids, enough stationery and other requisites for the year, or a warm and waterproof jacket for winter.
When delivering vouchers to schools, Foundation Board Members and the Executive Officer heard that Bass Coast school’s value these vouchers immensely, and they make a significant difference for children whose families struggle on very low incomes.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation Chairman's emphasised appreciation for the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal and the Foundation’s donors for funding this important national program.
Over one million dollars has been distributed to individuals and organisations across the Bass Coast region over the past 17 years by the Bass Coast Community Foundation.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation is celebrating with a small group of founders, directors and generous longtime supporters having raised over one million dollars, which it holds in Trust for perpetuity. From this fund it will continue to distribute a minimum of $160,000 per year to organisations across the region that are focused on improving lives within our community.
In the past 17 years the Foundation has assisted:
- Over 2,500 primary, secondary and tertiary students
- Over 20 emerging performers
- Over 20 community organisations and the recipients of their services
- Over 70 learner drivers.
“It is good to see the long term support from partners like the Bass Coast Shire Council are still strong”, said Susan Davies the instigator of the Community Foundation over 20 years ago. Ms Davies acknowledged the significant achievement by past and present directors, supporters and donors in both having distributed over one million dollars and accumulating over one million dollars.
“This is a great result only achievable by the dedicated efforts of past and present directors but more importantly by the kind and generous donors, sponsors and volunteers in our community that give so generously to the Foundation,” said Martin Keogh, current chairman of the Foundation. “The Foundation has recently been fortunate to receive two significant bequeaths that will ensure the wishes of those community members continue to improve lives and well-being across Bass Coast into eternity” he said.
“I was elated when I heard the Foundation has reached a million dollar milestone. A small amount donated regularly adds up,” said Alan Brown, the first chairman of the Foundation.
“Every dollar makes a difference and every donation over $2 is tax deductible,” said Sylvia Davey a director for the entire 17 years of the Foundation, “so we can all make a difference by donating a little bit on a regular basis”. This is the only organisation in Bass Coast that raises funds and distributes funds solely for the benefit of this community. Find out more at www.bccf.org.au
In 2017 the Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF) pledged support to the Energy Innovation Cooperative totaling $60,000 to underpin the Old Energy New Energy project at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine.
Earlier in March the Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Mark Butler visited the Energy Innovation Co-op’s solar and battery array at the State Coal Mine. This installation will provide ongoing funds for community projects through the Southern CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) Fund. It is a significant milestone and something the Foundation is proud to support.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF) is a local charitable organisation, independent of religious or political persuasion. It was established in 2002 in response to a growing need for a sustainable source of funds for community projects. The BCCF operates exclusively within the boundaries of the Bass Coast Shire and is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors.
The BCCF congratulates the Energy Innovation Co-op’s achievements and alongside them celebrate the solar/battery installation of 91 kW of solar panels and 41 kWh battery storage at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi. This system will produce 127 MW of clean power per annum. That's an offset of 127 tonnes of CO2 annually; the equivalent to taking 37 petrol cars off the road. It is more than the current annual consumption of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine (112MW.)
Income provided to Energy Innovation Co-op by the sale of electricity to Parks Victoria will further support community groups to install renewable energy and energy efficiency measures, helping them cut power bills and reduce carbon emissions.
It is through many small donations, as well as bequests and funding from partners that enable the BCCF to build its reserves to a sustainable level allowing it to get behind social enterprises like the Energy Innovation Cooperative.